Alumna’s MCA Solo Show “Blurs the Line Between Art and Comics”
This week, media outlets across Chicago spotlighted SAIC alumna Lilli Carré’s (BFA 2006) new solo exhibition at the MCA. Carré is best known for her popular comics and illustrations, which appear regularly in publications including the New York Times and New Yorker. However, “Carré’s MCA work proves her talents go beyond cartoons,” says Michigan Avenue contributor Elle Eichinger in an article published on December 18. The exhibition, open through April, showcases all new work in a variety of media and forms. “The show centers around pairs and the narrative space in the gap between two similar objects or images,” Carré tells Daily Candy contributor Jourdan Fairchild. “There are forms of work on paper, drawn with gouache, ink, and pencil, as well as ceramic sculptures on pedestals throughout the room.” Through this mixture of abstract and figurative forms, Carré “blurs the boundaries between comics and art,” argues Noah Berlatsky in a review published by the Chicago Reader on December 17. “Carré hasn't put comic books in a gallery; she's turned the gallery into a comic book, where every image, 2-D or 3-D, leads into and out of every other,” he says.